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Unique study shows how bats manoeuvre

Bat For the first time, researchers have succeeded in directly measuring the aerodynamics of flying animals as they manoeuvre in the air. Previously, the upstroke of the wings was considered relatively insignificant compared to the powerful downstroke but, in a new study, biologists at Lund University in Sweden have observed that it is on the upstroke of the wings that bats often turn.

Researchers solve the mystery of the bird from Atlantis

Bird The world’s smallest flightless bird can be found on Inaccessible Island in the middle of the South Atlantic. Less than 100 years ago, researchers believed that this species of bird once wandered there on land extensions now submerged in water, and therefore named it Atlantisia. In a new study led by biologists at Lund University in Sweden, the researchers have now shown that the ancestors of the Atlantisia flew to Inaccessible Island from South America about 1.5 million years ago.

Scientists refine the search for dark matter

Researchers. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden, among others, have developed a more effective technique in the search for clues about dark matter in the universe. They can now analyse much larger amounts of the data generated at CERN.

New study may provide clues to how birds began to fly

Flying bird. For the first time, researchers have measured what is known as the ground effect of flying animals - and it turns out that they save a lot more energy by flying close to the ground than previously believed. The study from Lund University in Sweden supports one of the theories on how birds began to fly.

Researchers solve mystery at the centre of the Milky Way

W. M. Keck Observatory Astronomers from Lund University in Sweden have now found the explanation to a recent mystery at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy: the high levels of scandium discovered last spring near the galaxy’s giant black hole were in fact an optical illusion.

Silicon has a crucial effect on the planet’s climate

Daniel Conley A comprehensive research project on silicon and the anonymous climate heroes in the oceans, diatoms, is now starting. Every day, the tiny diatoms, which are a type of phytoplankton, absorb enormous amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. And when they die, they take the carbon with them.

Clever strategy sets photosynthesis off to a flying start

Trees Plants in tropical dry areas have developed an unusual strategy for survival. Instead of using their water supply during the dry season, they hold on to the last drops until the very end in order to quickly get started on photosynthesis as soon as the rainy season has begun.

Intestinal bacteria produce electric current from sugar

Researcher in lab Intestinal bacteria can create an electric current, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden. The results are valuable for the development of drugs, but also for the production of bioenergy, for example.

Organic farming methods favour pollinators

Pollinator Pollinating insects are endangered globally, with a particularly steep decline over the last 40 years. An extensive 3-year study from Lund University in Sweden has found that organic farming methods can contribute to halting the pollinator decline. This beneficial effect is due to both the absence of insecticides and a higher provision of flower resources.

Researchers receive ERC starting grants

Faculty of science building Two promising researchers at the Faculty of Science have been awarded a prestigious grant from the European Research Council, providing each person with up to 1.5 million euros in funding over the next five years.


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